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Bio-Art After Dark: A Sanctuary Sustainer Soirée

Date & Time: 
07/19/2017 - 8:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, July 19th from 8-10PM for an evening in honor of our Sanctuary Sustainers.

Bio-Art After Dark: A Sanctuary Sustainer Soirée will feature music by Ryder Cooley & members of her band, Dust Bowl Faeries and a scandalous insect symposium with visiting bio-artist, Brandon Ballengée. Light refreshments (including artisanal bug pizza) included.

Sanctuary Sustainers enter free! Sign up to be a Sustainer here or at the door. Donating any amount to the Sanctuary monthly will help relieve us from our reliance on foundation and government grants and set us free.

$25 for non-Sustainers. If you're interested in attending as a volunteer, please contact tateo@mediasanctuary.org.

Solidarity Phone Call Night!

Date & Time: 
07/18/2017 - 6:00pm

Tuesday from 6-8PM there's going to be a night of good ole family bonding here at the Sanctuary! You're invited to join us for our first-ever Solidarity Phone Call Night.

Join us for pizza and snacks as we make calls to our core base of supporters and ask them to join us as Sanctuary Sustainers by signing up for a monthly contribution at any amount. You don't have to be a monthly contributor to come help and this is a great way to support this effort if a recurring donation is not in the cards for you.

The Sanctuary is in the midst of our Campaign for Independence! The goal is to sign up 50 new Sustainers by July 25th to help ween the Sanctuary from tenuous arts and environmental grant funding. So far we have 26 new Sustainers. Can you help us make it to 50?

Please email Melissa at bromley@mediasanctuary.org if you have any questions.

 

Uptown Summer

Date & Time: 
07/11/2017 - 12:00pm

The 7th annual Uptown Summer begins full-swing July 11th. The Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment Program sponsored the Sanctuary for Independent Media to hire 10 new local youth this year. Over the span of 5 weeks, our neighborhood youth become community leaders, environmental stewards, media producers, storytelling artists, scientists, researchers, and local volunteers. Via all these diverse roles, the youth and their mentors will create a multimedia documentary called “Echoes from Lock One.”

For more details about this year's Uptown Summer events and projects click here.

Come join us for these three events:

Freedom Festival

Date & Time: 
06/03/2017 - 3:00pm

On Saturday June 3rd at 3pm join us outdoors in Freedom Square (at 101st Street where 5th and 6th Avenues meet) for our annual Freedom Festival featuring Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde and Katani! There'll be free food, music, art activities and all kinds of fun!

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Freedom Festival

Date & Time: 
06/03/2017 - 3:00am

Join us outdoors in Freedom Square (at 101st Street where 5th and 6th Avenues meet) for our annual Freedom Festival! There'll be free food, music, art activities and all kinds of fun! 

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, and anything you would like to add to our community meal. Enjoy music by Taina Asili and more!

Freedom Festival

Date & Time: 
06/03/2017 - 3:00am

Join us outdoors in Freedom Square (at 101st Street where 5th and 6th Avenues meet) for our annual Freedom Festival! There'll be free food, music, art activities and all kinds of fun! 

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, and anything you would like to add to our community meal. Enjoy music by Taina Asili and more!

Collard City Growers Annual Plant Sale

Date & Time: 
05/27/2017 - 1:00pm

Help support Collard City Growers through purchase of a variety of annuals and perennials at very affordable prices. We also welcome barters (annual for annual or perennial for perennial) if you have plants to trade. Let us know if you have any requests and we will start the seeds for you now! We also welcome plant donations if you have extras you would like to donate to the cause!

"Letters From Iraq" w/ Rahim AlHaj Trio

Date & Time: 
05/24/2017 - 7:00pm

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A powerful musical meditation on consequences in a post-war reality with Iraqi-American virtuoso/composer, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Rahim AlHaj—traveling the world to “give voice to the voiceless."

Oud player Rahim Alhaj, a native of Iraq and a naturalized American citizen, came into possession of a number of letters written by Iraqis who described such events, experienced during the American occupation and the subsequent hideous sectarian violence.

“Basically, these letters are short stories, real stories, of what happened to Iraqi women and children,” says Alhaj. Some of these letters came to him directly, some were passed on to him by others, and one story was told to him face-to-face by his nephew, the handicapped boy who fled an attack.

Michael Bisio Accortet

Date & Time: 
05/20/2017 - 7:00pm

Michael Bisio Accortet

Chronicling 30+ years of acclaimed Troy-native bassist Michael Bisio's life as a composer in song form and otherwise, his Accortet balances freedom and swing in a euphorically compelling quartet.

Named after its unusual instrumentation, Accortet is the eponymous debut of a group led by renowned contrabassist Michael Bisio, featuring the unique frontline of accordion and sax, played by Art Bailey and Adam Seigel, respectively, with Michael Wimberly manning the drums.

An in-demand sideman among free jazz luminaries such as Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp, Bisio seldom issues albums as a bandleader these days, making this recording all the more intriguing for its inclusion of some surprisingly accessible material, starting with the joyous opener, "AM." The tune's sunny harmonies, buoyant bass lines and upbeat rhythms belie Bisio's reputation as an uncompromising avant-gardist, offering contrast to his usual work.

New date! Post-Industrial Ecologies of the Hudson River Estuary with Seed Bomb Art Workshop

Date & Time: 
05/14/2017 - 1:00pm

In his talk and workshop, ecological artist, writer, and activist Oliver Kellhammer will frame post-industrial ecologies as sites of renewal and the emergence of novel processes. Together, we will bio-map our area to begin a field guide to the biodiversity of our North Troy neighborhood brownfields. 

Followed by a Seed Bomb Art work party with a hands-on demo of how to make a seed bomb. Made from compressed soil and seeds, seed bombs are designed to be thrown into areas that are degraded, physically abused, or in need of vegetation. We'll release seed bombs along our bio-mapping journey!